An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.)
Naturalist and artist John James Audubon was born in Haiti.
John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded and killed by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va.
Planes from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.
The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
Actress-comedian Lucille Ball died at age 77.
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading Guatemalan human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended as Syrian soldiers completed a withdrawal brought about by international pressure and Lebanese street protests.
Police in Austria arrested a man accused of holding his daughter captive in a windowless cellar for 24 years, fathering her seven children and killing one of them. (Josef Fritzl is serving life in a psychiatric ward.)